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Oshkosh Area Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant money will be used to treat Rayna's diabetes and provide her with a special diet. She is on Science Diet dry, which cost $86 a month, and Science Diet canned, which costs $21.47 per month. Her insulin needles cost $10.46 per month. The Vetsulin costs $124.32 per month, with two injections per day. The bloodwork: Glucose and fructosamine level rechecks are done approximately every two weeks at $24 each until Dr. Wickman confirms she’s regulated. The total cost per month is $290.25 a month, or $3,483.00 per year. The cost is significantly higher than what we stated in the original grant.

Rayna's diabetes was recently regulated and she is now ready for her new forever home. The generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation will help fund the cost of Rayna's care for one year. Rayna is still listed for adoption on Petfinder.

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When Rayna arrived at OAHS, she was severely underweight and couldn’t drink enough water. Staff immediately suspected diabetes, and test results confirmed the condition. Even though she had clearly been without treatment for the condition for some time, her wagging tail and face-washing kisses never stopped.

Some other shelters might not have used precious resources to help a diabetic dog, but OAHS is committed to giving every animal the best opportunity to find a loving home, and that includes providing needed medical care. It took many months to get Rayna’s insulin and dosage just right, and now she is the healthiest she’s been in a long time. She will happily drop tennis balls in your lap in hopes of a game of fetch or climb on the couch with you for a cuddle and a snooze. Rayna is truly all about LOVE!

We want to see this sweet girl in the forever home she deserves. Unfortunately, the costs of her insulin and specialty food pose a financial barrier to many potential adopters. In addition to a wonderful grant from the Petfinder Foundation to help fund Rayna’s care for a year, staff and volunteers believed in Rayna so much that they began a Rally for Rayna campaign to raise money to help offset the costs of her medicine and food for her new adopter for the rest of her life. So far, just from the generosity of volunteers and staff,the cost of almost a year’s worth of food and insulin has been raised, plus an additional year from the Petfinder Foundation!

Rayna is still listed for adoption on Petfinder. You can meet her here.

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